Thoroughly Thursday - the "Birthday" Edition
Welcome back to Thoroughly Thursday, the "Birthday" edition. This last Saturday was my birthday and I honestly didn't know how to celebrate it. I'm old enough that birthdays are really only a big deal when you hit the next big milestone (40, 50, 85, 115, and I'm planning a HUGE party at 200). This year, my wife and oldest daughter were out East celebrating my niece's high school graduation (I've had 46 birthdays, but you only graduate once from high school), which meant my youngest had the gigantic task of making sure I had fun. I'm happy to say that she did admirably. :)
What I'm Reading - The Art of the Naked, Punk-Cabaret Ask
Amanda Palmer is a polarizing character in the world of music and performance. Brash, frank, emotionally vulnerable, obsessed with artistic expression in a way that the neediest theater kid you knew in high school would still find over the top, it's hard not to have strong feelings about her one way or the other. There is also the "yuck" factor. However, I read her excellent book The Art of Asking this last week which was spawned from a TED talk she did. Part manifesto/part memoir, the book tells the story of her post-college life as a living statue, her early years touring and developing a fan base, and then her subsequent shaping and cultivation of an ever-larger community of kindred souls through her unique brand of "give and take".
What I'm Watching - Looking Forward and then Back Again
I got to see two movies this weekend. The first was the Steven Spielberg adaptation of the hit novel Ready Player One. I really enjoyed the book, which had a crackerjack plot brimming with 80's pop culture references but also contained a more subtle exploration of what is possible in a virtual reality future and a warning to the risks of such advancement. The movie is none of that. It's a big, epic Spielberg film meant for middle schoolers (which is fine, I guess).
However, I also got to check out Their Finest, a comic drama about a young British copyeditor who is asked by the Ministry of Information to help film a movie about the evacuation of Dunkirk in the hopes of inspiring a besieged Britain during the early days of WWII. Leads Gemma Arterton and Sam Claflin are great, but Bill Nighy steals all the best lines as Ambrose Hilliard.
What I'm Doing - Getting Cultured Y'All
I have lived for the last 15 years a moderately-paced run from the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, CA. I have driven by it hundreds of times but on decided this weekend that I needed to check it out. I had several moments where I did the double-take "wait, that painting is here?" You can see some of my favorite pieces over here.
All the best, and remember, tomorrow is Friday. :)
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P.P.S. Scientists have done testing to show that "being hangry" is actually a real thing. Still, I'm sorry about all those things I said.
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